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Lou Capozzi

Retired-Chairman, Publicis Public Relations and Corporate Communications Group



Lou Capozzi serves as an adjunct professor in the New York University Master of Science program in Public Relations and Corporate Communications, teaching courses in business skills, as well as the management of public relations, both in-house and in consultancy firms.

Until his retirement last year, Lou was chairman of the Publicis Public Relations and Corporate Communications Group, which includes all of the public relations firms and related agencies in the world’s 4th-largest communications holding company. He had been CEO of MS&L, one of the world’s largest public relations firms, when it was acquired by Publicis in 2002. He joined the firm in 1990 as director of creative and strategic development, and was named CEO in 1997. Under Lou’s leadership, MS&L tripled in size and expanded its network to include 31 offices worldwide.

Lou was formerly vice president of corporate communications for Aetna Life & Casualty , the nation's largest public insurer, He spent eight years there, managing advertising, corporate and marketing public relations, financial and shareholder communications, employee communications and investor relations support.

A journalism graduate of New York University, he holds an MBA in Finance from Bernard Baruch Graduate School of Business. Lou serves as president of the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO), where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year. ICCO represents over 1,000 public relations consulting firms in 27 countries. He was a founding board member of the U.S. Council of PR firms, and chaired that organization in 2000. He is an accredited member of PRSA and a member of its College of Fellows. Widely published in professional and business journals, Lou is also a frequent speaker at public relations industry events.


Education

M.B.A. in finance, Bernard Baruch Graduate School of Business
B.A. in journalism, New York University